Last March, Korea's president Lee Myung-Bak emphasized the importance of extending Korea's missile range, and hoped that the US and ROK would reach an agreement.
The US realizes the need for 'symmetric military capability' in accordance to North Korea's nuke and missile development, and the Donald Manzullo, the US Representatives, and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, stated that in order to deter North Korea's threats and provocations, missile range needs to be extended to cover all of the North Korean theatre.
According to the ROK-US missile guidelines, the ROK has a ballistic missile range of less than 300km.
North Korea has fired 3 long-range missiles with range assumed to reach 4,000km, and No-Dong missiles that has range of 1,300km is already deployed in action.
Moreover, after Kim Jong-Un came to power, North Korea's threats and provocations against the ROK has intensified.
At the current situation in the Korean peninsula, missile range less than 300km is unrealistic.
We hope the two countries can come to an agreement that allows the effective deterrence of North Korea's ruthless provocations.
I think that is why the US Missile Defense Agency is working on the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). The BMDS integrates sensor (radar, IR) capabilities from several existing anti Ballistic Missile Systems (such as GMD, Patriot, THAAD, Aegis) so the coverage extends all over key threats such as North Korea.
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